An old-fashioned shootout took place in Hutsonville Monday night during a consolation bracket game of the Little Illini Conference Boys Basketball Tournament.
Host and eighth-seeded Hutsonville-Palestine and 11th-seeded Edwards County tossed in baskets at a rapid pace, but the visiting Lions were able to outscore the Tigers and pull out a 77-71 victory.
Both teams were hot early, with Hutsonville-Palestine outscoring Edwards County 22-20 in the first quarter, but Edwards County returned the favor in the second quarter, outscoring Hutsonville-Palestine 23-18 to take a 43-40 lead at halftime. Hutsonville-Palestine started the third quarter on an 8-3 run to take a 48-46 lead with 5:45 remaining, but Edwards County finished the period on a 12-4 run to take a 58-52 lead after three quarters. Each team then scored 19 points in the fourth quarter to maintain the final margin. Hutsonville-Palestine was able to pull within three points in the late stages, but 8-11 free throw shooting in the fourth quarter by Edwards County helped the Lions secure the win.
Free throws played a huge role in the game, as Edwards County made 20-25 foul shots (80 percent), while Hutsonville-Palestine was 8-12 at the charity stripe (67 percent). Each team hit seven three-pointers in the game, while Hutsonville-Palestine made three more two-point baskets by Edwards County, but it was not enough to erase all of the disparity at the free throw line.
Landon Williams led Hutsonville-Palestine with 21 points, including two three-pointers and a 5-5 effort at the free throw line, while Dylan Webster tossed in 12 points. Joe Eckert was also in double figures with 10 points, Graham Alspach netted eight, Tyler Heflin scored seven. Matt Schmidlin chipped in with five, Cole Wesner added four and Kienan Knecht and Blake Newlin each had two.
Jonah Laws led Edwards County with 21 points, including an 11-13 performance from the free throw line, while Logan Potter tossed in 18 points, including four three-pointers and Jake Toutloff had three three-pointers among his 17 points for the Lions.
In other consolation bracket games Monday, seventh-seeded Oblong whipped 12th-seeded Cumberland 56-38, sixth-seeded Olney edged ninth-seeded Lawrenceville 51-47 and fifth-seeded Marshall hammered 10th-seeded Red Hill 53-34.
Hutsonville-Palestine (12-11) will have nearly two weeks off before they take the court again. The Tigers next play at Flora for a LIC contest Friday, Feb. 1, at 6:15 p.m.